White-throated Jacamar Brachygalba albogularis

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The rare to locally uncommon White-throated Jacamar is confined to a relatively small area of extreme southwest Amazonia, in eastern Peru, westernmost Brazil, and northwesternmost Bolivia, and appears to be restricted to elevations below 600 m, in lowland primary forest, especially seasonally flooded areas along rivers. It replaces the considerably more widespread Brown Jacamar (Brachygalba lugubris) over this part of Amazonia; the two possess rather similar vocalizations. The White-throated Jacamar is a beautiful and very distinctive, short-tailed member of the Galbulidae, immediately identified by its gleaming white throat, cheeks, and narrow supercilium, with a yellow bill, dark brown to blackish upperparts, and is similarly colored below, except for the chestnut patch on the central belly. Much about the species’ general biology and behavior remains to be elucidated.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-throated Jacamar (Brachygalba albogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whtjac1